A pregnant woman in a large group started suffering abdominal pains at the dam at Stickle Tarn. The team responded and an air ambulance was requested to assist. She was treated and evacuated by air ambulance. The remainder of the group, of very variable ages, fitness and equipment levels were assisted down the hill. One of our more 'interesting' adventures this year...
Fellwalking (sort of!)
There's plenty of advice out there about what is considered suitable wear for venturing in to the hills, and a good deal suggesting what might NOT be regarded as suitable. To be fair, it would be difficult to find any that included mention of a leopard-print onesie... he was also hypoglycaemic and hypothermic, possibly contributed to by pre-exisitng medical condition.. and did I mention theleopard-print onesie..?
Anyway, we did our stuff, and he was evacuated by Search and Rescue helicopter to hospital
This 57-year-old man slipped and sustained a suspected ankle fracture. He was taking photographs of low flying planes when the accident occurred. We don't have a category of accident called 'photography' and it's unlikely we'll start one either!
Male (18 years) of Walthamstow, London, slipped and fell 40 feet into a gulley on Todd Crag, Loughrigg. He sustained serious multiple injuries and was taken down the fell on a stretcher by the team, and then to the County Hospital, Kendal.
Footnote: This youth was larking about with three friends when he slipped. He had no previous experience of the fells and no proper clothing (tee shirt and jeans) or footwear (smooth soled shoes). None of his so called friends accompanied him to hospital.
Whilst collecting holly, a 58 year old man from Preston fell 15' from a tree. Team found the casualty being walked down, he was rather confused and drowsy. Possibly been unconscious for some time. Later revealed he sustained a hairline fracture to his skull.
Many people reported the sighting of a red flare. The Team, having just completed rescue no. 5 turned out again. As most of the high crags were still under winter conditions all essential rescue gear was deployed. The Team reached Stickle Tarn and found a 'bored' couple setting off flares, not knowing the consequences. Escorted off the fell and dealt with by the local police officers.
Smooth soled training shoes could have caused a 10 year old girl from York to slip on boulders. She sustained head injuries with temporary loss of hearing and vision. Mother escorted to safety. Both dressed in casual gear and footwear.